PolicyGenius is an NYC-based insurance startup with a mission to help people get the protection they need and make them feel good about it. We are changing the game by making insurance shopping faster, friendlier and more efficient for the online consumer. With PolicyGenius, shopping for insurance is as easy, fast, and transparent as shopping for hotel rooms or airline tickets. Since our launch in 2014, we have already served thousands of happy customers and received endorsements from popular consumer advocates.
This person will join a writing team that communicates the values of PolicyGenius by creating helpful, authoritative, and engrossing content across a range of personal finance topics.
As a Contributing Writer, you will work with the Content and Marketing team to produce content that increases engagement with various target audiences, as measured by multiple KPIs. In more qualitative terms, you'll contribute to our GeniusCenter by producing content that consistently blows away the typical personal finance blog post or infographic. You'll help clarify what's historically been an opaque product category—insurance—so that consumers can make smarter financial planning decisions. You'll also write entertaining and knowledgeable pieces in other topic areas, including personal finance, behavioral economics, and day-to-day personal risk management.
You feel equally at ease writing a 1700-word article or a 500-word blog post, and you're comfortable pitching story ideas as well as being assigned stories by an editor. You deliver drafts and revisions on time. You pick up on new concepts quickly, you think IKEA assembly instructions really aren't that difficult, and you would weirdly enjoy learning which diseases have the biggest impact on life insurance premiums—and then writing a post about the subject.
We'll favor candidates who can also demonstrate experience with any of the following:
Insurance industry experience is helpful but not required. It's more important that you have an engaging voice and the ability to become a subject matter expert on various topics as needed.
Why you should care
Built on the strategic vision of its founders, PolicyGenius was a first-mover in insurance tech, which is now one of the hottest and fastest-growing tech sectors. The company has also grown quickly, going from just 5 people at launch to 25 people a year later. We’re planning to grow 2-3x more over the next 2 years to successfully tackle a big problem:
A PROBLEM WITH SCALE: Insurance is a $2 trillion industry. That’s 36 times larger than Google and Facebook combined. Insurers pay their aging sales force a mint to sell insurance the old-fashioned way (with paper, face-to-face). We're changing this.
A PROBLEM THAT IS SOCIALLY IMPORTANT: Nobody’s helping people figure out insurance – and that’s bad. Under-insured medical problems contribute to over half of all personal bankruptcies and home foreclosures. We’re delivering social impact.
A PROBLEM IN DESPERATE NEED OF A NEW APPROACH: The consumer problem in insurance is deceptively simple: insurance is hard to sell because people don’t want to think about bad things like death and illness. Insurers just throw money at the problem: advertising, hefty commissions, pushy sales agents. We’ve introduced a new approach.
We've raised a couple rounds of venture capital and are at an exciting inflection point in the company's trajectory. We've got the culture, environment and size of a startup tech company, with the economics of a large, established industry. We're looking for smart and energetic teammates to help us build a world-class company! Come and join us!
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